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Johnson fined for TD dance

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was fined $10,000 by the NFL for mimicking shooting himself in the thigh during a touchdown celebration that mocked Jets receiver Plaxico Burress. Johnson said he was done discussing the celebration — and the national criticism he received as a result of it — and is instead focusing on looking forward to helping the Bills (5-6) end a four-game slump on Sunday when they host the Titans. The Bills' leading receiver got into hot water immediately after putting Buffalo up 14-7 with a 5-yard touchdown catch with a little over two minutes left in the second quarter of a 28-24 loss at the Jets on Sunday. Using his hands as pistols, Johnson pretended to shoot himself in the thigh, a move that was directed at Burress, who wound up serving 20 months in prison for shooting himself in a New York City nightclub in 2008.
Johnson didn't stop there. He then imitated a jet in flight before crashing to the turf. That proved particularly costly, because he was flagged 15 yards for going to the ground. The Bills blew a squib kick on the next kickoff, leading to the Jets capitalizing on a short field to tie the score a little over a minute later. Johnson said he was unaware he would be penalized, and added he regrets making fun of Burress and has apologized to the Jets player. He also said he plans to stop performing touchdown celebrations. BEARS: Quarterback Jay Cutler isn't sure he'll throw another pass this year. Speaking to reporters for the first time since he broke his thumb on his right hand against the Chargers on Nov. 20, Cutler said he might be finished for the season. BRONCOS: Rookie pass-rush specialist Von Miller underwent a surgical procedure to repair a strained ligament in his left thumb but is expected to play Sunday at Minnesota. CARDINALS: Quarterback Kevin Kolb went through a full workout Wednesday, the strongest indication he finally is ready to return to the lineup. Coach Ken Whisenhunt tempered his optimism, though, waiting to see how Kolb's injured foot responds today. EAGLES: Quarterback Michael Vick will miss his third straight game because of broken ribs tonight against the Seahawks. Wide receiver (hamstring) Jeremy Maclin and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle) also won't play. FALCONS: Cornerback Brent Grimes will have what coach Mike Smith said is "minor" surgery on his right knee today and will miss at least two weeks. GIANTS: New York re-signed linebacker Chase Blackburn, who led the team in special teams tackles each of the previous six seasons but went unsigned after the lockout ended, and placed offensive tackle Will Beatty on injured reserve because of an eye injury. JAGUARS: Interim coach Mel Tucker shook up his staff on his first full day, firing receivers coach Johnny Cox and shuffling other assignments. Tucker moved quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to work with receivers, a position he held the previous four years with the Bengals. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will serve as quarterbacks coach, tutoring rookie Blaine Gabbert for the remaining five games of the season. LIONS: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will present his appeal of his two-game suspension for stomping Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith this afternoon in New York. PACKERS: Outside linebacker Erik Walden is expected to start against the Giants on Sunday despite his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. Coach Mike McCarthy said Walden's situation is "under review" by the team and the NFL. Walden was arrested Friday and spent the weekend in jail before being released on a $1,000 bond. SEAHAWKS: Seattle will place Sidney Rice on injured reserve after the former Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered a second concussion in just a few weeks.
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